Author Archives: Purple Mass Group

Why I Voted For Question 1 And Would Do So Again

(Question 1 was a fantastic idea that suffered because of bad timing and well-heeled opposition. The Commonwealth doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.   – promoted by Garrett) Question 1 was presented by the left as the end of civilization as we know it. I voted for Question 1 knowing that there would be substantial pain…

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Sal DiMasi and Ethics

( – promoted by Garrett) A story in today’s Globe describes a meeting in 2004 between Sal DiMasi soldiers, John Rogers and Ronald Mariano, and State Treasurer Cahill. The not-so-suble message delivered to Treasurer Tim was rather simply. Do not mess with State Lawmaker pension regulations or you may find your budget in shambles. Given Sal’s easy to predict early…

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Public Service and Personal Gain-Why the Legislature will Mess Up Pension Reform

“I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.” Quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson Todays Globe is reporting that our legislators are struggling to balance the notion that we can not afford the current pension system with the reality that true reform may…

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Look At Me, I’m Bob DeLeo

( – promoted by Garrett) In today’s Op-Ed piece in the Globe, Bob DeLeo comes off as intellectually dishonest and defensive. He makes the following opening statement: IN THE few months I have been speaker, the Massachusetts House has done what many thought it was incapable of doing: Amid a global economic downturn and statewide fiscal crisis, the House has…

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The Fox Guarding the Henhouse

( – promoted by Garrett) One gets the impression that the never ending drip, drip, drip of pension abuse stories could go on forever. Perhaps the pending closure of the unlikliest of all agrieved parties, The Boston Globe, will slow down the exposure of what is an immoral, repugnant, and disgusting display of greed, corruption, and selfishness afflicted upon the…

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